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Regular vs Double Stuffed Oreos - Which is Better?

Oreos regular vs double stuffed
Delicious Oreos

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Let the Battle Begin

Oreo lovers everywhere have been debating whether the original dark sandwich cookie or the newcomer, Double Stuf Oreo, is better. How can such a thing be judged? There are two sides to the cookie debate that must be looked at to form an opinion. But keep in mind, you really can't go wrong with it comes to chocolate cookies with a cream filling. Am I right?

Let's take a closer look.

Purist vs. Modern Appeal

Old vs. New

Oreo aficionados can tell an original Oreo from a Double Stuf at twenty paces. They may scoff at the Double Stuf's showy attitude and consider it too flamboyant for the average cookie eater.

Oreo purists want their original cookie just as Nabisco first made it. They want the right amount of cookie crunch and the right amount of creamy center. Throw off the balance and there's too much cream to scrape off with your teeth once you twirl the Oreo cookies open; So they say.

Oreo - Loved All Over the World

Over-stuffed oreo cookie

Too Much of a Good Thing?

Never!

Others in the Double Stuf camp will tell you that too much is never enough. How could anyone mock the double goodness of two creamy centers packed into one?

The cookies remain true to the original Oreo vision. But it's twice the lusciousness when it comes to the gooey center.

Sure, Oreo cream has the consistency of Crisco and sure it probably has a hard time breaking down in your body, but so what? With a taste this good, more is more.

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Comparing Calories

Move That Bus!

Now, the marketers of Oreo Double Stuf cookies have done a little something the consumer might not be aware of. One serving of original Oreos is 160 calories. One serving of Double Stuf Oreos is 140 calories. How can this be, you ask? The Double Stuff clearly has double the center stuff. That's where marketers have gotten savvy.

A serving of the original Oreo is 34 grams. But a serving of the Double Stuff is only 29 grams. So you think you're eating the same amount per serving, but you're really not comparing apples to apples.

Oreo History

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Trendy Treats

Never Go Out of Style

Trends tend to come and go, but the Double Stuf as remained on the shelf right alongside the mainstay traditional Oreo. There's got to be a reason people keep buying and loving the Double Stuf cookies.

Perhaps it's the fact that the creamy inside lasts longer and has a nice mouth feel? It's rich and thick and makes for more of a sandwich cookie eating event. They're even popular gifts especially as chocolate covered Oreos - as seen in the photo on the right.

You can bite into a Double Stuf and really feel like you've had a snack...

Double Stuff - Loved Back in Time (1985)

Mint Oreos

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Oreo Adventures

What Do We Have Here?

The Original Oreo is a wonder of design. It is a crisp and creamy sensation. No one could have imagined it could be improved upon. But apparently, other flavors have made it to market and lasted, so there's got to be something worthwhile in the other flavor combinations as well.

Try all the Oreo versions including Double Stuf, mint, peanut butter, inside-out Oreos (called Whoops!), chocolate covered oreos, holiday colors and tastes such as peppermint for Christmas, Golden Oreos, Red Velvet, Pumpkin Spice and even lemon Oreos. Once you've tried all these flavors, you can see how your taste buds react. You may find that you fall in love with the lemon and shun the original or that Double Stuf has your heart.

So Which Is It?

Make a Stand

So that's both ends of the debate. Any way that you eat them and any flavor you fancy, Oreos are the best cookie out there for taste, texture, melt-ability, and the dunking factor. Enjoy a few Oreos and you'll find you're taken right back to your childhood days, where you probably didn't have the option of choose double stuffed or regular. Think about that one!

How to Collect Copper Cookie Cutters

how to collect copper cookie cutters

Starting a Copper Collection

Love the memories that homemade sugar cookies bring back? Remember Grandma's set of copper cookie cutters? Always wanted to start a collection of useful kitchen items? Why not start collecting copper cookie cutters?

When starting any collection, think about what pleases you. Only buy what you like, not what you think might be worth something. If you like it, you're going to be happy displaying, using, and living with it.

Do You Want New or Used?

copper cookie cutters

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Now's the Time to Decide

Decide if you want to start collecting vintage or new copper cookie cutters. Maybe you have fond memories of making Christmas cookies shaped as Christmas trees with your mom and now you'd like to collect those! You will certainly have an easier time finding new copper cookie cutters. But you may prefer the charm of vintage cutters. It's your choice. You might even decide to mix the two collections. Who says you can't have antique alongside brand new?

For new copper cutters, you can start your search at kitchenware stores. Higher end stores like Williams-Sonoma and Crate and Barrel carry a fantastic assortment of copper cookie cutters. Depending on the season, you can find just about any shape you are looking for. Some stores will even do a special cutter and then retire it, so grab those fast and hold on to them. You'll have something unique and original in your collection.

Copper Cookie Cutters

Used Copper Cookie Cutters

Nothing Wrong With That!

The vintage world of Christmas cookie cutters is a little more challenging than walking into a store and selecting your favorite, but it can be twice as much fun! Part of the fun is the hunt for your antique cookie cutters.

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Start looking at yard sales around your area and everywhere you travel. Often, you'll find perfectly new copper cookie cutters for a few cents. You may stumble upon older cookie cutters. Before you buy anything, check out its condition. Are they bent beyond recognition? Do they have dented or exposed sharp edges (on the side that's not supposed to be sharp)? If they appear to be very old but in disrepair you then have a choice to make. Do you love this cookie cutter no matter what and just want it? Then go for it. Are you planning on using it or decorating with it? If you are going to strictly be decorating with it, choose any size, shape and condition that appeals to you. If you plan to bake gourmet cookies with a damaged cutter, you might want to pass for one in better condition.

Starting a Collection - Because it's Fun!

Used & Tarnished

Thrifting for cookie cutters

What to Do if They're Tarnished

What about the tarnish? If you see a pile of brownish metal cookie cutters sitting in a box should you pass? Here's where the trained eye gets the bargain.

If they are genuine copper cookie cutters from the days of old, the tarnish is valuable. Collectors look for the shabby vintage appeal of tarnished copper cutters from yesteryear. Don't clean these off. Just pay less than a dollar for each and calmly take your treasure to the car. You've just made a great find!

Old copper cookie cutters are in demand with collectors. If they are tarnished and left in the condition you found them, they are worth more.

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New age cookie cutters

Good Tarnish vs. Not-As-Good Tarnish

Don't Be Fooled

But suppose you happen upon a box of cookie cutters that look metal, are tarnished, but are in shapes such as Spongebob's head or Hello Kitty's face?

Clearly, these would make more modern cookies and these cookie cutters are not antiques because they feature characters that weren't around until recently.

Should you pass? Not so fast. If they are genuine copper, you can easily clean them at home and use or display them. It's all depending on your own personal taste.

If you think it's a cute item to display or to have in your collection, then there shouldn't be anything stopping you!

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Cleaning Copper - Good Facts!

Cleaning Your Cookie Cutters

Tips & Tricks

To clean copper cookie cutters, just take half a lemon and sprinkle it with salt. Rub it over the surface of the cutter. You can also dip in vinegar. Then wash with soap and water. If your cutter is copper, the tarnish will come off.

Cookie Cutters

Got 'Em! Now What?

What To Do With Your Cookie Cutters

What can you do with vintage or new cookie cutters? Well, besides making cookies, you can hang them from nails along kitchen walls or you can make wreaths out of them. They are suitable for all year display and don't have to be limited to showing off in the kitchen. Use them throughout your decor for an atmosphere of whimsy.

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Chocolate Souffle Recipe

Chocolate souffle recipe

A souffle is the true test of any baker. They can be difficult for even the most experienced chef. Souffles are basically a light cake that puff up at the end of the baking process. If you aggravate them too much, they will deflate. A truly perfectly baked souffle will stay risen for about 5 minutes, just long enough to sprinkle it with powdered sugar and serve it.

This article features a chocolate souffle recipe that is flavored with a hint of orange zest. It is a truly delicious and beautiful dessert that, when made correctly, will impress anyone who gets to devour it.

A chocolate souffle is the perfect dessert for a romantic dinner or any special occasion meal. Give it a try if you are feeling adventurous. You may surprise yourself. Good luck and happy souffle-ing!

How To Make A Chocolate Souffle

Chocolate Souffle Recipe

Chocolate Souffle Ingredients

  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur or orange flavored coffee syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting
  • Thin strips of orange zest for garnish

Chocolate Souffle Recipe - How To Bake A Perfect Chocolate Souffle

Generously butter eight 1/3 cup ramekins.

Preheat the oven to 425°.

Sprinkle each with a little cocoa powder and tap out any excess. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet.

Place the chocolate and butter in a double boiler and melt over medium-low heat. Be careful not to cook it too fast or get it too hot.

Whisk in the egg yolks and orange liqueur.

Beat the egg whites in a separate clean, grease-free bowl until frothy.

With the beater running, add the cream of tartar and gradually sprinkle in the sugar.

Continue beating until the whites are glossy and stiff.

Stir spoonfuls of the whites into the gourmet chocolate mixture and fold them together, being careful not to deflate the whites.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared dishes just to the brim; don't overfill or the souffles will fall over the ramekins and burn on the baking sheet. (At this point, the dishes can sit up to 1 hour at room temperature before baking).

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until risen and set, but still slightly soft and jiggly in the center.

Dust with powdered sugar, sprinkle with orange zest, and serve immediately.

Makes 8 chocolate souffles.

Chocolate souffle

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Delicious Souffle Recipes - (Not just chocolate souffle recipes)

Here is a list of links that lead to some of the most delicious souffle recipes on the web. From chocolate to cheese to vanilla, any souffle recipe you desire can be found on this list.

Healthy Family Dinner Ideas

Healthy family dinner ideas

Get Fresh

I'm one to vouch for the benefits of eating healthily. But doing so doesn't mean cutting out everything that's good tasting. There are plenty of ways out there to eat well while still enjoying your meals. So I've done some research and put together a post with lots of options for nice meals that are good for you. Try them out and let me know what you think!

First Things First

Why do you want to change?

Before you make the jump into eating well, you have to understand why you want to do so. What are your motives? Do you want to lose weight, do you want more energy, do you want to better your health - what is your driving factor? Write it down, share it with your family or friends, whatever it takes for you to stick to eating better.

It's good to establish this because if you don't have a goal in mind, then it's easy to slip into your old habits.

Get Motivated - Make The Time

Give the Gift of Wellness

Healthy foods

Start Today

Do you have an event coming up? Likely since the holiday season is quickly coming up! Instead of giving those layer jars of baking ingredients, (brownies in a jar, anyone?) instead give them a fruit basket or something the whole family can enjoy.

They'll thank you later! Especially after everyone else has already given them sweets and fatty foods for holiday gifts.

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Get Good Grub

Healthy dinner ideas
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There are lots of ways to enjoy good foods. Here's one example!

Stay That Way

Once you're started, don't stop!

Once you've found some great options to try for hearty meals, stick to it! You'll probably notice a difference in how your body feels within just 1-2 weeks. Look for organic options, lots of organic fruit and vegetables, and plenty of water. Once you start a better lifestyle and get into new habits, it's fun to see what things spiral from it.

Pretty soon you'll be giving fruit baskets instead of boxes of chocolate, and going for walks instead of hitting the drive-thru!

Why Eat Better? - Stop the Obesity Movement

Dinner Ideas

Healthy dinner ideas

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Here are some ideas to consider

Looking to concoct something delicious tonight for dinner? Don't fret, there are plenty of meal ideas out there that are just waiting to be found. Here are some scrumptious ideas:

- Wrapped Shrimp with Arugula Salad

- Quinoa and Black Bean Salad (Chicken Optional)

- Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

- Pesto Chicken Florentine

- Spinach and Feta Pita Bake

- Turkey Veggie Meatloaf

- Baked Halibut

- Asparagus, Penne and Chicken Pasta

- Grilled Cilantro Salmon

- Mushroom Lentil Barley Soup

- Spicy Tuna Cakes

- Baked Lemon Walleye

- Quinoa Egg Bake

- Chicken Fresh Tomato Parmesan

- Spinach-Stuffed Flounder

- Butternut Squash & Tomato Posole

Eat a Good Breakfast

Healthy breakfast
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While you're eating the right dinners, you should definitely make an attempt at eating a balanced breakfast as well! Try oatmeal with fruit for an exceptional start to your day.

Let's Find More

Healthy dinner ideas

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There's Still Plenty Other Recipes

Put these in your cookbook for when you are looking to try something new. I'll just list the name of the dish, you can search around Google to find the recipe that you think would be best accepted by your family.

Some other delicious ideas include:

- Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken

- Eggplant Parmesan

- Creamy Green Chile Chicken Soup

- Braised Cauliflower & Squash Penne Pasta

- Baked Chicken and Spinach Flautas

- Hawaiian Turkey Burgers

- Zucchini Latkes

- Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash

- Chicken and Avocado Baked Burritos

- Stuffed Zucchini Boats

- Creamy Broccoli Soup with Almonds

- Bruschetta Stuffed Chicken

Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

pineapple upside down cupcakes

The Easy, Delicious Dessert

Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a favorite here in the south. I decided that there had to be a way to make it in bite size form. I came up with this pineapple upside down cupcake recipe and had to share it. It's super easy and with all the fresh fruit, it's a lot healthier than most cupcake recipes.

You could even pass these off in a nice fresh fruit gift basket! Tell the recipient to just enjoy!

Pineapple Upside Down Cupcake Recipe

Let's Get Started

Cake Batter

  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping

  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter
  • 3/4 cup light or dark brown sugar, tightly packed
  • 12 maraschino cherries
  • 2 (20-ounce) can pineapple rings

Heat the oven to 350º F. Place the butter and milk for the batter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Warm the mixture, stirring occasionally, until the butter melts, then transfer the mixture to a small bowl to cool.

Meanwhile, prepare the pineapple topping. Melt the butter and mix it with the brown sugar. Spoon about 1 T of the mixture into each cup of a 12-cup gourmet muffin pan.

Place one pineapple ring int the center if each cupcake tin and put one cherry in the center of each pineapple. Slightly press the fruit into the topping mixture to coat it. You'll end up with beautiful cherry topped cupcakes!

See Them Made! - Delicious Family Treats

The Next Steps - Let's Continue

Now finish making the batter. In a medium-size bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt, and stir the ingredients with a fork until they're evenly blended. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and stir until the flour is fully incorporated. Add the milk-butter mixture and stir well to combine the ingredients into a smooth batter.

Pour the batter into the muffin pan, dividing it evenly among all the cups. Bake the cupcakes until they're lightly browned, dry around the edges, and pulling away from the pan a little, about 25 minutes.

Transfer the pan to a rack to cool for 5 minutes. Use a butter knife to carefully loosen each cupcake from the edges and bottom of the pan, then place a cookie sheet over the top. Invert the pan, turning the cupcakes out onto the cookie sheet, then transfer them back to the rack to cool completely. Serve the cupcakes at room temperature.

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